The current "value" in the farm system is significantly dependent on Groome becoming a top end prospect. The system is certainly on the upswing, but they're missing a high end guy, and Groome certainly has the talent. Huge next 18-24 months for him to get back to that type of status.
Hernandez is probably a back end of the rotation guy or a reliever, Houck has been inconsistent, while Mata is a true wild card.
What would be a time table for Groome to come back and pitch? A late season cameo with 2020 in mind?
I was thinking about that the other day. I follow his IG now and he seems to be getting some workouts in. He had the surgery mid-May of ‘18 (the 18th or 19th I think?) so figure about 14 months, at least if my recollection serves me right. I think a few guys have come back to pitch in as few as 12, but I’d think 14 would be not unreasonably optimistic. So maybe Lowell or the GCL and possibly a bit of Greenville in Sept if it works out, then instructs? I really, *really* hope he can bounce back and that the time off/PT gets him in good general condition. I really hoped he’d have more velo in the pros, but at least his CB was terrific. He was relatively young as a draftee, so it’s still reasonable, I think, to hope on him getting to MLB at age 24. If he comes back from TJ the way a lot of guys do, I think it’s fair to hope on him as a 2/3 and maybe dream on a 1a. Be real good to see him at least get a handful of competitive innings late next summer.
Right now, he is on a track that could have him pitching in a game by late August, before the end of the minor league season.
“Everything is on track. He’s ready to go,” said Jeff Randazzo, Groome’s agent. “He’s anxious to get back, but every day he gets closer, he sees the light’s at the end of the tunnel. But his body is great, the bullpens have been great, the throwing program has been great. He’s excited.”